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Contribution of Podoviridae and Myoviridae bacteriophages to the effectiveness of anti-staphylococcal therapeutic cocktails

Authors
  • Kornienko, Maria1
  • Kuptsov, Nikita1
  • Gorodnichev, Roman1
  • Bespiatykh, Dmitry1
  • Guliaev, Andrei1
  • Letarova, Maria2
  • Kulikov, Eugene2
  • Veselovsky, Vladimir1
  • Malakhova, Maya1
  • Letarov, Andrey2
  • Ilina, Elena1
  • Shitikov, Egor1
  • 1 Federal Research and Clinical Center of Physical-Chemical Medicine, Moscow, Russia , Moscow (Russia)
  • 2 Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, Moscow, Russia , Moscow (Russia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scientific Reports
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Oct 29, 2020
Volume
10
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-75637-x
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Bacteriophage therapy is considered one of the most promising therapeutic approaches against multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. Infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are very efficiently controlled with therapeutic bacteriophage cocktails, containing a number of individual phages infecting a majority of known pathogenic S. aureus strains. We assessed the contribution of individual bacteriophages comprising a therapeutic bacteriophage cocktail against S. aureus in order to optimize its composition. Two lytic bacteriophages vB_SauM-515A1 (Myoviridae) and vB_SauP-436A (Podoviridae) were isolated from the commercial therapeutic cocktail produced by Microgen (Russia). Host ranges of the phages were established on the panel of 75 S. aureus strains. Phage vB_SauM-515A1 lysed 85.3% and vB_SauP-436A lysed 68.0% of the strains, however, vB_SauP-436A was active against four strains resistant to vB_SauM-515A1, as well as to the therapeutic cocktail per se. Suboptimal results of the therapeutic cocktail application were due to extremely low vB_SauP-436A1 content in this composition. Optimization of the phage titers led to an increase in overall cocktail efficiency. Thus, one of the effective ways to optimize the phage cocktails design was demonstrated and realized by using bacteriophages of different families and lytic spectra.

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